Our Pastoral Care
At Chessbrook we are committed to ensuring the wellbeing of every student within our school community where students feel safe, valued and are able to thrive both academically and socially. We take wellbeing and mental health across our community very seriously. We feel it is important to promote positive wellbeing at any given opportunity.
The Five ways to wellbeing are simple things that we can all do to improve our emotional health and wellbeing:
Keep learning: Try something new. Try a new hobby, or learn about something just because it interests you.
Connect: Spend time with family and friends. Enjoy doing things together and talking to each other.
Take notice: Take a break to see how you feel. Relax and look around you or listen to music, take a few deep breaths.
Give: Do something for a friend or relation/adult, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!
Be active: It keeps you physically healthy, and makes you feel good
What we do
An extensive range of support is offered to ensure that students enjoy a positive school experience. This support includes:
In June 2021 Chessbrook gained the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health kitemark accreditation Healthy Young Minds
In an ever-changing world, positive mental health is key to everyone’s well being and quality of life. We believe that every member of the Chessbrook community needs to be happy to thrive, have belief in themselves and are able to achieve.
We support students with a range of experiences that they may face. We aim to reduce the stigma attached to mental health well-being by engendering an ethos supported by our whole school therapeutic approach. This encourages openness whereby students can seek support at school, at home or online as they gain knowledge about how to promote good health and well-being for themselves.
Each student is supported and guided by a Personalised Learning Mentor (PLM) who forges a strong relationship with the student and family members. The PLM is critical in establishing communication between school and home and will make weekly contact updates on their progress and any issues that may arise. The PLM is key in helping the student develop new and more helpful ways of thinking, behaving and building positive relationships.
We promote topics of safeguarding, well-being, healthy lifestyles and how to keep safe through daily circle times, breakfast & brunch, through our curriculum and through the 'Chill and Chat' sessions students have with their PLM. We also ensure we stay in touch with students during the summer break and offer activities for them to engage in with Chessbrook staff.